Very funny at times but also very tightly scripted. The way the story is told unfolds in a very interesting way. The movie, even though being a crime mystery movie, lends itself well to lightheartedness and humor. As always, the technicolor looks beautiful.
In summary, terrific movie that has charm, humor, suspense, crime, it has it all and it won me over.
The funeral service is sparce, only her friend Sylvie (Dominique Minot) and the charming stranger Brian Cruikshank (Cary Grant) attend. Later three mysterious men appear at the funeral shocked to see Charles is dead. After the funeral she is approached by CIA administrator Hamilton Bartholomew (Walter Mathau) who informs her that she has $200,000 that she doesn't know anything about that those three men are after. Charles and those men, along with a fifth man named Carson Dyle, were given $200,000 in gold to give to the French Resistance, but they stole it instead. Carson was shot and left for dead, and Charles double-crossed the others.
What happens next is a series of deaths and people are not who they say they are. What is absolutely clear to Regina is she is unsure as to trust Brian and as the viewer we're unsure, too. They fight and work together at times, and all Regina wants is for this ordeal to end fully cooperating with the three men and the CIA, who wants the money back.
This film is not at all predictable, it's fun. It's a completely joyous suspense thriller romantic comedy.
Sophisticated humour, score, stars.
Grant and Hepburn perfect in their roles even though Grant (self-consciously) plays his older lover role for laughs. Watch out for his pass-the-orange and clothed-shower routines!
Despite its deceptions, plot is probably a little thin for today's audience.
Kudos for any thriller that mixes humour and adventure so well (as the best of James Bond does).